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calm as from beings that are passion- rather in the way of contrast than of less. Their words are, Holy, holy, likeness. There is likeness, indeed, holy is the Lord of Hosts! the whole in some particulars ; especially in earth is full of his glory.” Those this, that one act of one person in both voices are of the angels of love. Listen cases brought after it such amazing yet again-- there are other voices results, and to multitudes as well as singing, and their thrilling tone tells himself
, as may be seen in every verse that they have suffered, but now are Rom. v. 15–19. But the contrast is glad; and they sing, “ Great and seen both in the nature of the act, marvellous are thy works, Lord God and the nature of its effects—the good Almighty, just and true are thy ways, which comes through the man Christ thou king of saints !” And this an- Jesus to those who are his, being opthem is from the saints of the Most posed to the judgment which came by High.
Adam on all that are his; that is, True is your song, oh, ye sons of on all the human race. Contrast, light !-true is your song, ye redeemed however, or resemblance, are both of God ! Heaven has but one song, alike suited to a parallel between one and earth, with her thousand voices, thing and another, as is most evidentechoes it again |--THE GLORY OF THE ly the case here. We have, then, in CREATOR. And yet these state church- the first place to consider what is men say that God cannot preserve his revealed concerning the first man, own truth, without one of their Acts that we might trace distinctly in what of Parliament to help him with tithes respects and under what consideraand church - rates ! Verily, they tions he is “a figure of him that was
are the men, and wisdom will die to come.” with them.” We will show what I. We learn that he was made in their state church has done for the the image of God” (Gen. i. 26 ; v.1) world.
which consists in three things; nameJ. G. LEE. ly, his outward form, his intelligent (To be continued.)
mind, and the faculty of speech.
Firstly, that the outward form of “ COMPARING SPIRITUAL man is like unto God, is plain from THINGS WITH SPIRITUAL.” the fact, that whenever God was
pleased to appear to men, this was
his form, and he is on this account ADAM AND JESUS.
described as a man (Gen. xviii. 2.) A CAREFUL and minute attention to This is one instance among many what the scriptures teach concerning which will occur to those who know Adam being a figure of him that was the scriptures. As God invariably to come ;-in other words, the won- appeared as a man, we therefore conderful parallel between these two clude that no other form could be men will be found very instructive. God's form, if he were pleased to cause The apostle speaks of it in Rom. v. himself to be seen. For though form 12, &c.; and we find the same parallel is not essential to God's existence, as 1 Cor. xv. in the expressions, “the it is to that of creatures, yet it must first man and the second man”-“the be essential to his appearing, if it is first Adam and the last Adam ;" his will to shew himself. where the apostle shows what is come, Secondly, the mind or spirit of firstly by the one, and then by the man, as capable of knowing and reother-our relation first to the one, flecting upon the things of itself, is and then to the other. We may indeed in the likeness of God; so observe, however, that the parallel much so, that the spirit of God is between the first and second man is compared to the spirit of a
COMPARING SPIRITUAL THINGS WITH SPIRITUAL.
301 this respect, namely, its intelligence lay in his preferring his own will to and self reflection, as it is said, “What the will of his Creator, which, as we man knoweth the things of a man, know, he did ; and this, indeed, shows save the spirit of man which is in us the true nature of sin, and is a very him ? Even so the things of God important consideration : it is disknoweth no man but the spirit of obedience to God's command, even God” (Cor. ii. 11.)
one of the least of them”—whether Thirdly, the power of speech be- "a positive institution," or a command longs to man a creature with a moral in its requirements. We say rational mind, and is inseparable from emphatically, it is disobedience to any it; therefore his tongue is called his command of God that constitutes sin glory (Ps. xvi. 9)“My glory rejoiceth,” in the very essence of it; and this is quoted by the Apostle, “My tongue so wholly overlooked by men who was glad” (Acts ii. 26; Ps. xxx. 12.) reason against revelation, that they If intelligence or reason is always will say upon the very matter of united in the form of man, and the Adam's sin :—“What ! did this degift of speech, and that no one of these serve so great a punishment ?-only things is found apart from the other to have eaten of the fruit of a tree?" two in the creation of God, whether But the evil was, not in the kind of in heaven or earth, then it appears thing committed, but in Adam being that in these three things the image disobedient to God; and God's judgof God is seen ; and it is, therefore, ment upon Adam's transgression sufan error to say that man when he ficiently shows, if we will take his sinned lost the image of God, or fell word, whether the offence was small from it-for which of these three or great in his sight! It is true things did he lose ? Besides that, he there was no inherent or moral evil in is spoken of in his present condition eating of this tree more than any as still in the image of God. (Gen. ix. other tree, except that God had said 6; 1 Cor. xi. 7.)
he should not eat of it ; but this very II. God having thus made and consideration has great instruction in constituted man he gave him do- it in more ways than one. It shows, minion over all the works of his hands. as already observed, that it might be So we read Gen. i. 25, as it is again desired by a sinless creature ; if there testified of in Ps. viii. more particular- was nothing desirable in it, it could be ly, where he is said to be crowned no test of Adam's obedience, but it with glory and honor, and all things was in this very respect suited to put under his feet; which is shown Adam as he was. It is also herein by the Apostle in Hebrews ii. to essentially distinguished from the mean that he should ultimately have commandments of the law, which dominion over all things in heaven and could not be, as they were not-given earth ; though we should not know to man before he sinned, for reasons this to be the meaning of the prophet which we shall see. without the interpretation of the Holy IV. God attached a penalty to the Ghost by the mouth of an apostle. transgression of the command given
III. Ġod gave Adam a command to Adam, and this was death. Gen. suited to such a creature as he then ii. 16, “In the day that thou eatest was—a creature without sin. The thereof thou shalt surely die ;"—that command, which is recorded Gen. ii. is, the spirit should depart out of the 16–17, was a test of obedience ; but body, and the body return to the dust if we consider the nature of it, it does from whence it came; including, hownot suppose any sin in Adam that he ever, all the sorrow which was henceshould desire the thing which he was forth the portion of man in this world ; forbidden to touch. The whole evil for so it is expressed in the sentence pronounced by God upon Adam after pare the past with the present — the he sinned (Gen. iii. 17–19.) Adam ancient and the modern part, with the became mortal from this time, or sub- astounding present. By the ancient ject to death, which would at last part, I mean from Julius Cæsar to infallibly overtake him—so that in Queen Elizabeth ; and from the reign this sense, in the day that he ate of of that man-like woman to George the fruit, he died.
the Second, I mark the modern part. V. This judgment of God came The great John Locke, of England, not only on Adam himself, but on all writing to a friend in Dublin, remarkmankind with him. Adam was now ed, that but for the wide and dangebecome a sinner, and thereby subject rons sea that rolled between them, to death, and all who stand in a and the great hazard and fatigue of natural relation to him being his the voyage, he would urge him to descendants or seed, came by his visit England, but forbore to urge him transgression into the same condition. by enumerating more dangers and The fact needs no“ proving, that all difficulties than the most unsailorlike men are both sinful and subject to of modern men would think of urging death ; and the way in which this against a trip across the Atlantic ! came to pass, God has revealed in In a late English paper I saw an this place (Romans v.) Thus we read, account of a steam-boat that bad verse 12, “By one man sin entered crossed from Holyhead to Kingstown into the world, and death by sin, and in a little better than three hours. so death passed upon all men, for For the last three months I have had that all have sinned ;” and verse 19, the pleasure to receive your valuable “By one man's disobedience many miscellany in advance of its American were made sinners." Men, therefore, namesake. Thanks to prompt editors, are not subject to death independently printers, and steam. I look it over of sin, but as the consequence of it;- with peculiar interest, and with great not, however, because they have pleasure and profit. In my judgment, committed sin, or broken a command from its judicious selections and its ment as Adam did, but through being numerous original essays, it is second unclean and unholy in their nature, to no paper in our ranks, except its which “filthiness of the flesh” pre- Onomanic parent. I was particularly pares för, and infallibly leads to, the pleased with the communications of commission of sin as soon as it can be your three Baptist correspondents in dope. We should distinguish this the May number. I am glad you evil which is in the flesh from trans- treat them with respect, because I can gression, however it surely and con- say of Baptists, that with all their stantly leads to it ; for transgression faults, I love them still. I remember is the breach of a commandment, and with how much pleasure I pored over therefore necessarily supposes a com
some of the first volumes of the Bapmandment. This distinction will be tist Magazine, and with what eagerthe subject of the next paper.
ness I read some essays intended to June, 1849.
A. B. show that since the days of the Apos
tles there hare always lived men to LETTER ON THE QUERIST'S contend for the faith and the precepts
of Jesus. My young heart beat for DEPARTMENT.
joy as the writer would trace them This is an age of progress and of out in Italy, in Spain, in Bohemia, in great production, for realties begin to the valleys of Piedmont, and in all outrun imagination, and the memory the fastnesses of the Alps. staggers under the novel occurrences The querist's department is an inof a month. It amuses me to com- 'teresting part of your paper. As editor,
you should sit in judgment upon all seeing that he was chosen in the abqueries sent to you, and publish none sence of the Messiah, and the only but such as are wise, prudent, and one chosen by men ?” The two-fold practical. The first query on the character of this query may be anMay cover is a speculative query. swered by one short question, “ Was “ It is said in the 18th chapter of Luke inspired ?” If Luke was inGenesis, that three angels visited spired, and has not reversed their deAbraham, &c. ; will the reading of cision, but given it the sanction of his that chapter justify the opinion that pen, we may ask, “ By what authoit was Melchisedec and two of his rity do uninspired men call in quescompanions who visited and address- tion the acts and doings of the Spirit ?” ed Abraham, and not angelic beings?" Peter said that the Holy Spirit, by I do not think the reading of that the mouth of David, had foretold the chapter will justify any man that fall of Judas, and the appointment of denies its facts; but although I be- another to his oversight -“ Let his lieve that they were heavenly and not habitation be desolate, and let no man earthly beings, I have my opinion dwell therein ; and his bishopric let about the Sadducean origin of this another take.” After praying for the query.
Either the writer is a mate- direction of the lot, and after the serialist, or he has been puzzled with lection of Matthias, it is written, some lucubrations of that very en- " And he was numbered with the lightened class. Moses was truly un- eleven apostles.” Now I vote that he fortunate, if he meant us to have the stay there ; and that, after a union so opinion that Melchisedec and com- lawful and so sacred was consumpanions called upon Abraham, that mated with so much dignity by the he did not say so.
We shall have a Holy Spirit, speaking through David, strange revelation, if when it is said and acting through Peter, we all of us “ The LORD appeared to Abraham in agree to act upon the maxim, "What the plains of Mamre," we learn from God hath joined together, let not man this that it was Melchisedec, and not put asunder ;” and further, that inasJehovah ! How could Melchisedec much as after the descent of the Spirit have known that Sarah laughed when on Pentecost, no objection was made she was in the tent door which was to Matthias, as we say in another behind him ? Moreover, two of the ceremony, “ Let all hereafter hold three went towards Sodom, and Jeho- their peace.” vah still conversed with Abraham, The 3rd query is less airy and and told him of the destruction of that more substantial than the other two: devoted city. Did Melehisedec de- “In what way are we to understand stroy Sodom and Gomorrah ?* 1 Cor. iii. 12-15, if the work of any
The 2nd query is of the same genus, one shall be burned, he will suffer but still it contains an idea which is loss ; himself, however, shall be saved, gravely entertained by many believing yet so as by fire ?" Paul is speaking and faithful men—“Had the apostles about Christ as a foundation, and his any authority from the Lord, or from people as established upon him. In the prophets, to elect one to fill the Corinth some were falling in love with place of Judas the apostate ? and can men, and joining the church from Matthias be considered an apostle, attachment to teachers ; these were
wood, hay, and stubble.
When they * It would be a difficult matter to prove would be persecuted for the sake of that Melchisedec (Shem) lived one hundred Christ, and find that they had no love years with Abraham. Besides, the Heavenly for him, they would give back, and Father appeared to man in the form of man. In this character did he not converse with the man who converted them would Adam in the garden in the cool of the day? Ed. 'lose his work ; but having himself love for Christ, he would not shrink a very respectable residence it is of from his profession by the fires of brother John Tener, the most promipersecution, but like the gold, silver, nent of our Irish brethren in the cause and precious stones, would be the of reformation. purer and shine the brighter by the Many years ago—in the days of trial.
the Christian Baptist-a number of “Is the kingdom of glory, or the copies of that work, and some others kingdom of God on earth, that which then published by me, had been ordered the Apostle says, flesh and blood can- to Ireland. One of these, accidentally, not inherit ?” The connection shows as we sometimes say, fell into the that it is the kingdom of glory. Paul hands of William Tener, a very tais speaking about the change that lented and promising youth, then a will take place at the resurrection, resident of the city of Londonand showing that we have two models, derry. A small society of IndeAdam and Christ. We wear the pendent or Haldanean brethren, had image of Adam here—we are of the worshipped together for several years earth, earthy. When the Lord comes in the house of his father, Robert we shall be raised in his likeness, and Tener, then residing near DunganPaul, to enforce this idea, and to non. William, at that time engaged show the absolute necessity of this in trade at Derry, got so much inchange, says,
“Flesh and blood can- spired with zeal and love for the not inherit the kingdom of God; truth, that he immediately engaged neither doth corruption inherit incor- in its advocacy. Enamoured with the ruption.” Alas! that men should views developed in the Christian Bapdeny the kingdom of God on earth, tist, he fearlessly and eloquently beand dream of such an earthly kingdom came their advocate on all occasions, in Heaven !
and successfully too, for the whole The last query may find its answer society meeting in Tyrone, through above in what is said on query 3. his instrumentality, were induced to
In putting forth inquiries we should give them a favorable hearing, which always have an eye to some practical terminated in their general conviction good, and should never encourage a of their truthfulness and importance. vain-glorious wish to show our parts,
This most promising youth was of for almost always it happens that he a delicate constitution, and whilst on who thinks he is wise is certainly his passage to the United States, fell foolish, and he who imagines himself a prey to consumption. His brother deep is awfully shallow. I say not Isaac, who was then his companion, this to reflect on the persons who had the melancholy pleasure of witwrote the above queries, but with an nessing his triumphant death, and of eye to showing the necessity of keep- seeing his body committed to the ing to the bread of life, the real and mighty deep, in hope of a blissful resubstantial truths, and facts, and surrection when the sea shall give up precepts of the word of God.
the dead that are in it. J. H.
The cause of original Christianity Richmond, Va. May 16th, 1849.
has not much spread in that county,
through the want of public advocates LETTERS FROM EUROPE.
-not one, indeed, of commanding talents being engaged in its public advocacy.
Brother Henshall, as in MY DEAR CLARINDA—In my last Belfast, had, with much acceptance letter I informed you of my safe to the community, filled a number of arrival at Moree, in the county of my appointments, reaching from that Tyrone. This is the residence—and city to Newry. We had a favorable